The Top 26!


Last week the three Local Ignite Power Panels had the challenging task of whittling down a field of startup competitors from over 65 to 26 through a series of Pitch Competitions.

Now in its second year, Spark Centre’s Ignite Startup Competition saw massive engagement in the local entrepreneur community. Focusing this year only on innovative technology or invention based ventures, we accepted over 65 applications – nearly double the number in that category last year!

We’ve separated the applicants by category and held three separate competitions; Student Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur. The three Pitch Competitions were run in the same format – each participant had only 60 seconds to convince a panel of judges that their startup was viable and investment worthy. This is an extremely challenging task, but represents the need to be able to communicate clearly, quickly, and to engage your audience as a startup founder, whether that audience is an investor, a customer, or a potential new team member.

All three competitions were a very tight race, with single-digit point spreads separating the top competitors that would move on to the next round! In the Young Entrepreneur category we actually saw a tie – meaning 11 ventures from that competition would advance to the Top 26.
Spark Centre would like to congratulate the 26 companies selected to move on to the Central Pitch Competition October 15th at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.

Young Entrepreneur Categoryfinalists
iApotheca Healthcare Software
Lab Improvements
National Prostaff
Wishing Well

Student Entrepreneur Category
Games for Education
Global Energy Initiative Inc.
Panda Insights
Turnkey Aquaponics Solutions

General Entrepreneur Category
Aerr Technologies
Blanclink Inc.
GeoSight Inc
Kevin Allan Dooley Inc.
Prometheus Healthcare Strategies
The Wedding Opera
Tiko 3D Ltd.
Tirewall Corporation

Next week the Top 26 will be reduced to the Ignite Final Five who will move on to Boardroom Bootcamp, and a Student Entrepreneur winner will be awarded $5,000!

If you’d like to join us for the competition, please REGISTER HERE! Tickets are limited, so reserve your place quickly!

Of course, we would not be able to host the Ignite Durham Competition without the help of our sponsors.